Peggy Noonan mirrors my thoughts:
It comes as a relief to admire France again, and not only or even primarily for the comparative wisdom of its choosing the conservative. It's how they did it. A short and intense campaign between candidates who were impressive, interesting. Historic voter turnout. And the great debate, watched by 20 million people, who learned. In all this, France showed style, in the deepest sense of a manner, a spirit, an approach, revealing of character and aspirations.
I'm rootin' fer em.